Brave Wins ASC Eddie Award
BEVERLY HILLS, CA – Argo (edited by William Goldenberg, A.C.E.) and The Silver Linings Playbook (edited by Jay Cassidy, A.C.E. and Crispin Struthers) won Best Edited Feature Film (Dramatic) and Best Edited Feature Film (Comedy/Musical) respectively at the 63rd Annual ACE Eddie Awards tonight where trophies were handed out in ten (10) categories of film, television and documentaries.
The black-tie ceremony was held in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel with over 1,000 in attendance to celebrate the year’s best editing. Brave (edited by Nicholas C. Smith, A.C.E. & Robert Grahamjones, A.C.E.) won Best Edited Animated Feature Film and Searching For Sugar Man (edited by Malik Bendjelloul) won Best Edited Documentary (Feature).
Television winners included “Nurse Jackie – Handle Your Scandle” (edited by Gary Levy) for Best Edited Half-Hour Series for Television, “Breaking Bad – Dead Freight” (edited by Skip MacDonald, A.C.E.) for Best Edited One-Hour Series for Commercial television, “The Newsroom – We Just Decided To (Pilot)” (edited by Anne McCabe, A.C.E.) for Best Edited One-Hour Series for Non-Commercial Television, Hemingway & Gellhorn (edited by Walter Murch, A.C.E.) for Best Edited Miniseries or Motion Picture for Television, and “Frozen Planet – Ends of the Earth” (edited by Andy Netley & Sharon Gillooly) for Best Edited Non-Scripted Series. In a newly created category this year, “American Masters – Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune” (edited by Pamela Scott Arnold) won Best Edited Documentary (Television).
The Student Editing Competition winner was Michael Smith of American Film Institute who beat out hundreds of competitors from film schools and universities around the country. Oscar winning actor Jon Voight presented the ACE Eddie Award to the winner.
The legendary Steven Spielberg received the ACE Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year honor presented to him by longtime collaborator and friend Kathleen Kennedy. Spielberg joins an impressive list of filmmakers to receive ACE’s highest honor, including Norman Jewison, Francis Ford Coppola, Clint Eastwood, Robert Zemeckis, Ron Howard, Martin Scorsese, George Lucas, Kathleen Kennedy and Richard Donner.
Lifetime Career Achievement Awards went to industry veterans Richard Marks, A.C.E. and Larry Silk, A.C.E. Last year’s ACE Golden Eddie Award honoree Alexander Payne teamed up with Film Critic Kenneth Turan to present to Marks, whose long and prolific career includes four Oscar nominations (As Good as It Gets, Broadcast News, Terms of Endearment and Apocalypse Now) and an impressive list of credits that includes Serpico, The Godfather: Part II, St. Elmo’s Fire, Pretty in Pink, Say Anything, Dick Tracy and Julie & Julia, among many others.
Esteemed documentarian Barbara Kopple presented to Silk, whose impressive body of work includes two Emmy nominations (One Survivor Remembers and The Twentieth Century (1957). His other credits include some of the most successful and memorable documentaries of their time including the doc that made Arnold Schwarzenegger a household name (Pumping Iron), the Oscar winning American Dream, Wild Man Blues which, in 1997, was named the Best Documentary of the Year by the National Board of Review and Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Oscar winning Marjoe among many others. Silk also worked extensively in television, editing numerous documentary specials including “Defending Our Daughters: The Rights of Women in the World,” “National Geographic Explorer,” “Fallen Champ: The Untold Story of Mike Tyson” and “Childhood.” He also edited several episodes of the long-running hit series “The Equalizer.” The careers of all three special honorees were highlighted with clip reels and praise from friends and colleagues during the affair.